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In Spirit and Truth is the blog of the General Assembly Committee on Representation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It will feature content written by the sixteen members of the committee, who are teaching and ruling elders from across the country, and our staff person in the Office of the General Assembly, as well as links and articles of particular interest.  These blog entries are intended to prompt reflection and dialogue on aspects of expanding representation and supporting full participation in the PCUSA, especially at the assembly level.  The ministries of advising, consulting, advocating, reviewing and recommending are vital to the life of the whole Body of Christ.  Committees on Representation and/or their functions exists at all councils above session so from time to time we may highlight activities and insights from our sister committees on representation at smaller councils throughout the church.  From time to time, guest contributors will provide content.  Any views or opinions presented in this blog are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the Presbyterian Church USA or the General Assembly Committee on Representation.
Author/Facilitator Molly Casteel is an Assistant Stated Clerk and the Coordinator for Representation and Inclusiveness Services.  She is a teaching elder (a.k.a. Minister of Word and Sacrament) in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary.

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July 18, 2013

An Open Letter to the Six Jurors in the George Zimmerman Trial

I hardly know where to begin, because my heart is so heavy with disappointment, and incredulity.  My initial reaction upon hearing of the death of Trayvon Martin more than a year ago, was sympathy for his family.  As more details emerged, I began to get angry.  I was angry because it was clear from the recorded call between Zimmerman and police, that he had undeniably racially profiled this boy.  But I was more horrified that he had been released, in possession of his weapon that night, before Trayvon had even been identified.  This child, killed in Sanford, meant nothing to ...

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